Passengers urged to check before they travel this weekend

  • Railway open for ‘business as usual’ as majority of the network is unaffected by upgrade work
  • This work will provide faster and more frequent services to help relieve over-crowding on Britain’s railways

With the May bank holidays fast-approaching, Network Rail is reminding passengers to plan their journeys in advance of the two bank holiday weekends. Network Rail will be delivering more than 822 projects over the two bank holidays as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan.

A 32,100 strong workforce will work around the clock over both May bank holiday weekends to deliver more reliable infrastructure, improved facilities and better services for passengers.

Some routes will see significant changes to normal services and so passengers need to plan ahead this May.

“This May, thousands of rail workers will be working round the clock to deliver crucial upgrades to the rail network as part of our Railway Upgrade Plan. This huge investment programme will provide faster, better services and help relieve over-crowding to respond to the huge growth on Britain’s railways.

“While most of the network is open for business as usual, some routes are heavily affected and so we strongly advise passengers to plan ahead this May.”

Mark Carne, chief executive at Network Rail

A breakdown of how some journeys will be affected can be found by visiting nationalrail.co.uk/May and following #MayBHWorks on Twitter. 

Work taking place on the railway over the May bank holidays 

Impacts on services as a result of the May bank holiday work

Early May bank holiday – Saturday 5 to Monday 7 May

In and around London

  • Sunday 6 May only: There will be overhead line renewals at Ilford. A rail replacement bus service will be in place between Ingatestone/Billericay and London Liverpool Street (Greater Anglia) and between Shenfield and London Liverpool Street (TfL Rail).
  • There will be High Speed 2 and maintenance works taking place between London Euston and Northampton between 5 and 7 May.
  • Thameslink Programme work continues between New Cross and Hither Green between 5 and 7 May.
  • There will be track renewals taking place between New Cross Gate and Norwood Junction between 5 and 6 May.
  • Crossrail West work continues between London Paddington and Hayes/Heathrow Airport between 5 and 7 May. There will be no trains to/from London Paddington, and disruption at Heathrow Airport on 6 May.

Elsewhere

  • There will be signalling work and installation and refurbishment of switches and crossings in the Liverpool area, which will see reduced services or buses along part of the route.
  • There will be switches and crossings work taking place south of Carlisle station. Bus services will be in place.
  • Significant work in the south of Scotland between Glasgow and Edinburgh will see East Coast Mainline services terminate/start at Edinburgh and West Coast Mainline services start/terminate at Lancaster/Oxenholme on 6 May.

Late May bank holiday – Saturday 26 to Monday 28 May

In and around London

  • Saturday 26 to Monday 28 May: There will be overhead line renewals at Ilford. A rail replacement bus service will be in place between Ingatestone/Billericay and London Liverpool Street (Greater Anglia) and between Shenfield and London Liverpool Street (TfL Rail).
  • Maintenance work will be taking place between London Charing Cross and London Bridge and there will be no Southeastern services running to/from London Charing Cross. Services will run to/from London Cannon Street or London Bridge on 27 May.
  • Track renewals at Sevenoaks Tunnel will see buses running between Orpington and Sevenoaks between 26 and 28 May.

Elsewhere

  • Resignalling will be taking place at Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International  area between 26 and 28 May. All three days will see London Euston to Birmingham New Street services operating between between Coventry and London Euston, with buses in place between Birmingham New Street and Coventry. Additionally, Saturday 26 May sees more extensive changes to services, with buses replacing trains between Birmingham and Lichfield. Also on Saturday 26 May, services between Birmingham and Derby, the North East/Scotland, Nottingham, Leicester and Stansted will be diverted locally in the Birmingham area.
  • Track renewal work will be taking place between Tebay and Carlisle. There will be an hourly service between London Euston and Oxenholme Lake District and also between Carlisle and Glasgow Central. Buses will run between Oxenholme and Carlisle on 26 May. On 27 May London Euston and Glasgow/Edinburgh services will run between London Euston and Crewe only. Buses will run between Crewe and Glasgow Central/Edinburgh.
  • Significant work in the south of Scotland between Glasgow and Edinburgh will see East Coast Mainline services terminate/start at Edinburgh.
  • Greater West electrification works will be taking place between Didcot and Chippenham/Bristol Parkway, which will disrupt travel.